Fun with preamp tubes: which one for a more muddy tone?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by xcental34x, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. xcental34x


    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    I'm wanting to experiemtn with the tube preamp on my GBE 600, and I'd like to try and get as close to a vintage, muddy sound as amp will allow me. Can anyone reccomend a good preamp tube for this that will also maintain the same amount of gain. Its a 12AX7, so you know, but that was probably a given.
  2. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    For a slightly darker tone, I usually use a Telefunken or an Ei. And turn down the treble control a little. Those tubes have some very nice "fatness" to them. :)

    Some of the earlier Sovtek's are pretty dark too, almost "too" boomy sometimes.
  3. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    The most full, meaty tone that I have had was from an NOS Mullard. I have it in my Chandler Tube Drive right now and I love it. In my Walkabout preamp, the Mullard was too dark and midrangey (I went with a smooth plate Telefunken, there), so maybe it's the tone you are after.

    I got mine from

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